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Wilshere: Let's harangue refs like United

May 24, 2011
By ESPN staff

Jack Wilshere has urged his Arsenal team-mates to copy Manchester United by harassing referees more in order to gain an upper hand in next year's Premier League title race.

Arsenal players referee moan
GettyImagesJack Wilshere will be hoping to see more of this next season

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Wilshere, 19, admits it will be a "100 per cent disaster" if Arsenal do not pick up a piece of silverware in the 2011-12 campaign, having thrown away multiple opportunities to break their six-year drought this season.

The England midfielder is currently preparing for the Three Lions' Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland, after Arsene Wengergot his way and the teenager was not selected for the Under-21 European Championship.

Wenger had suggested that Wilshere was suffering from burnout, but the youngster does not blame physical or mental problems for Arsenal's disastrous end to the season, instead preferring to highlight United's treatment of referees as the area where the Gunners can improve.

"It's no use just Robin van Persie going because it looks like it's just him having a go at the ref. If we all get round him..." Wilshere said.

"You just see the other teams do it and you think 'we need to do it as well'. Man United are the best at it. They get round the referee. We have to be more of a team and be more aggressive and show more authority."

Arsenal face a fight to keep their top stars this summer, with Barcelona skipper Carles Puyol recently commenting that he is almost certain Cesc Fabregas will arrive at Camp Nou before the end of the summer. Wilshere admits the Gunners are in dangerous territory, and trophies are the only answer.

"It will be a 100% disaster if we don't win a trophy next season," Wilshere said. "We know that. The fans feel it. We feel it. We just need to win a trophy. Arsenal are a big club and we need to be winning trophies.

"We need to win them to keep our big players. We must be more aware and have a bit more aggression. We've got some players that can do that but we have to go as a team."